Mayor's Corner 7/13/2017

Dear Friends:

Family.  What fun it was to have all of our children (save  Ryan) and grandchildren here for the Fourth of July Celebration.  Ryan is still in Peru serving with a large group of people trying to make life better for so many.

We have been trapped in a seemingly never-ending heat wave. My daughters from Henderson, Nevada and Gilbert, Arizona insist that it’s only a heat wave is when it’s 115 degrees in the day and cools down to 105 at night.  We’re so fortunate to enjoy cool evenings here in our valley. Before you know it, we’ll be wondering where summer has gone!

As a rule man is a fool

When it’s hot he wants it cool

When it’s cool he wants it hot

Always wanting what is not.

Today, I called two old friends from forty-five years ago.  I just wanted to catch up on their lives.  This time, I happened to call when both could visit for a few minutes.  We worry these days that we’re interrupting something major.  It’s great to have a conversation when no one needs to check his/her watch.  

I’m writing this on City Council evening.  There’s often a little tension in the air on this night. That’s a good thing.  Government, by its very nature, is meant to be a little contentious.  If we agreed all the time, citizens would have a right to worry and wonder a little. We try to be polite and to speak with respect.  Most times that actually works!  Yelling doesn’t work at all.  Nobody likes to be yelled at, and it’s just not nice or productive.

Yelling, however, is permitted when you are herding animals.  Bringing an uncooperative animal’s genealogy into question is also okay.  Swearing is never okay, unless the animal runs over you without any provocation!  “Dagblasted” is okay anytime, but controlling your tongue is a major challenge when you are herding cats or chickens.  My advice: don’t even try!

It’s all part of the test and I’m shooting for at least average.

Mayor David Ogden

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